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Child Themes Now Available for Event Espresso 4

Ever find yourself wishing that WordPress themes would look better, out of the box, with Event Espresso 4? Well, I have some good news! We now have a small selection of child themes available for Event Espresso 4.

We have been using a selection of about 20, optimized WordPress child themes on our hosted platform, Event Smart, for the past two years. I’ve always thought it would be a great idea to release these themes to Event Espresso users, so I’ve started a new, bare-bones, little theme shop called, Espresso Themes, where I am hosting a limited selection of WordPress child themes, specially brewed, just for Event Espresso 4.

Child Themes Optimized for Event Espresso 4

Many WordPress themes tend to display the published date on each post, which usually conflicts with the event dates, which is confusing to your customers.

The following screenshot is an example of the default Baskerville WordPress theme. If you look at the post meta section at the bottom, you can see the author information, then on the right side, the post date and post category.

Default WordPress Post Output - Baskerville Theme

Default WordPress Post Output – Baskerville Theme

 

However, if you are running Event Espresso, the event date that shows on the single event page, or the event list doesn’t correspond to the post date. In the example below, the post date that shows in the post meta output of the theme, which is confusing to event goers that are trying to learn about the event.

On Event Smart, we have engineered around twenty child themes to show the event dates, instead of the post dates in those places.

In the example below, the post date section has been removed on the single event post.

Optimized WordPress Event Output - Baskerville Child Theme

Optimized WordPress Event Output – Baskerville Child Theme

 

As you can see, the child themes have been optimized for Event Espresso 4 to display event dates and times, instead of post dates, which are common in many default WordPress themes. In this case, I removed the meta box entirely, as I thought it made the event page cleaner and focused on purchasing tickets.

Four child themes launched in October

In October, I started the website and made four new child themes available. Now, I have plans to launch around 20 more in the coming weeks, in between other tasks. The primary functions to launch a new child theme are relatively tedious but straightforward.

What about support and one-click updates?

Support and one-click updates for the child themes are primarily handled via Github and a private theme update service, called Kernl.

What about premium themes?

I’ve decided to create a section dedicated to premium themes that work well with Event Espresso. From there you will find a selection of third-party event themes and standard themes that work well with Event Espresso.

Why create a new theme shop?

One reason is that we don’t have a system to deploy automated theme updates as we do for the plugin. Instead of adding themes for sale on our Event Espresso website and tying up valuable resources on that site. I created a very simple (bare-bones), standalone theme shop to promote the child themes and provide one-click theme updates. Since these are free child themes, I decided to set up a simple shopping cart system, using Easy Digital Downloads, which only took a matter of minutes to set up. I wrote about the process, on my blog, entitled: Bare-bones Guide to Launching a WordPress Theme Shop from Scratch

Comments, feedback, questions?

I hope you find this information useful and are inspired to develop child themes for Event Espresso. If you do, I hope that you find these child themes to be an excellent starting point and a useful guide in your endeavors.

I love hearing your ideas and thoughts regarding our services, so please feel free to send us an email or submit your own child theme to our directory.

If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below.

 

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New Event Management Theme from Showthemes – Mondree

Announcing a New Event Management Theme

Mondree, is a new event management theme from our friends over at Showthemes! Mondree boasts a modern design in an easy to use, drag and drop set up.

Event Management Theme

Mondree allows to quickly create the page you want and decide the settings for fonts and colors. This is not based on other plugins at all, it is all part of the theme.

Mondree – Only $79 | Purchase Now >>

Strong Registration Integration’s

It works with EventEspresso, Woocommerce, Gravity Forms, TicketTailor, Eventbrite, Etouches

Mobile First

With events becoming more and more mobile, Mondree has been designed with smartphones and tablets in mind. 100% Responsive, Mondree is dynamic and offers the best experience regardless of the device.

List of Features

  • Perfect for conferences, annual meetings, seminars, workshops, festivals, club nights but also award nights or professional speaker pages
  • EventEspresso, Woocommerce, Gravity Forms, Eventbrite, etouches, Tickettailor integrated
  • Manage Speakers, Sessions, Event Tickets easily
  • One click demo install. Just one click to install an exact copy of the demo
  • Deep Social Integration: show Latest Tweets, Instagram pics
  • No plugins needed all built in the theme.
  • Show a Video or a Slider in the homepage.
  • Choose the colors you want and a selection of the most popular Google Fonts
  • Create custom pages with the elements you prefer
  • Top notch, 24hrs SLA support desk when purchasing a support license
  • Built by event professionals
  • 100% GPL, but it once, use it on as many sites as you wish
  • Comprehensive, step by step tutorials
  • Showthemes powers more than 5,000 event websites around the world

With Mondree you can create the page that better suits your event, no limits to where to put elements, you are in control. Start creating your event now!

More Third-party Themes

Don’t forget to check out our complete listing of available third-party themes for Event Espresso.

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Third-party Add-ons Directory Launched

third-part-addonsGreat News! We’ve recently launched a new Third-party Add-ons directory on our website. So now Event Espresso 4 customers can explore an ever growing selection of plugins, and themes from third-party developers.

TL;DR

Be sure to check out the new Third-party Add-ons directory! If you’re a developer, the EE4 Github repo is now public, be sure to submit your add-ons.

Short Backstory About Our Event Ticketing & Registration Framework

As we were building out the Event Espresso 4 core event ticketing and registration framework for WordPress, we took extra time to make sure it was as extendable, and scalable as possible. With many hours of  very careful planning, and development, we were able to build in hundreds of action hooks, and filters throughout the core Event Espresso 4 codebase. Therefore exposing an enormous amount of data, and WordPress accessible endpoints throughout the EE4 framework. Leaving Event Espresso 4 wide open for developers to build great new extensions, and features on top of.

Exciting, right?

Get Noticed!
Developers submit your add-ons to our Third-party Add-ons Directory.

The Directory

Well, as time progressed, we started seeing more and more developers getting involved, and asking about promoting their theme’s, and/or plugins somewhere on the Event Espresso website. However, we didn’t really have a place for developers to promote their new extensions. So, I went ahead and built a small directory for third-party developer’s to promote their add-ons.

The add-on directory has actually been available for a while, but I got busy with WordPress security updates, testing and documenting new features (Multiple Event Registration and Promotions), and never got around to telling anyone about it, until now.

What add-ons are we launching with?

So far I’ve added three popular themes, two gateways, and a plugin integration.

Also, it’s TOO EARLY to promise anything right now, but it sounds like there might be an integration with a popular affiliate plugin, and maybe even a redesigned calendar widget. So be sure to keep your eyes peeled for new stuff from other third-party developers.

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Public Github Repository Now Open

OctocatIn other news, we’ve recently opened up our Event Espresso 4 Github repository to the general public. Since then we’ve seen an influx of new developers, who are starting to build exciting new integrations for Event Espresso 4. Any developer with an account on Github.com can now download and install the EE4 Core Plugin on their development sites, without having to purchase a support license. This means that WordPress plugin and theme developers can now build add-ons for EE4 much faster than ever before.

Calling all WordPress Plugin & Theme Developers

Say what!?!? Did you hear the great news above, about our Github repository going public? And now you want to know how to get started developing add-ons for Event Espresso 4, right?

Start learning about developing for Event Espresso on our Developer Resources page, right away!

Submit Your Add-on!

Submitting a new add-on to our repository is easy, and will help your add-on get noticed by thousands of Event Espresso customers. Just fill out the form at the bottom of the Third-party Add-ons page to get started.

Have an idea for an add-on?

If you have an idea for a new feature/plugin/theme, or are currently developing an add-on to integrate with Event Espresso 4, please be sure to post about it in the comments below, or use the Github Issue Tracker to let us know.

We are look forward to seeing what you will come up with next!

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Is Your Theme Ready for When Google Changes their Mobile Search Algorithm?

Twenty Fourteen Mobile-Friendly Theme with Event Espresso

Twenty Fourteen Theme

In order to sell tickets and collect registrations online, it is important that your website is easy for anyone to access and use. Google is changing their mobile search results algorithms to rank websites higher that give readers easier access to read and interact with their websites. Is your website ready?

When and HOW is Google changing its mobile ranking algorithm?

On April 21, Google is expanding their use of “mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal”. When this is implemented, worldwide, if you search for something on a mobile device today, then search again on April 21, the list of search results may change depending on if the websites among the search results are ‘mobile-friendly”.

Depending on the type of events you organize, industry and audience, 60% or more of your registrations may come by those using a mobile device (phone or tablet). The number of people using mobile devices is growing fast. So regardless of whether someone is using a desktop computer, tablet or mobile phone, you want your audience to be able to find your events and buy tickets.

If the websites for those search results are not “mobile-friendly”, that website will be penalized and will not appear as early in the search results. However, this does not apply to searches done via a desktop device.

Could this be you?

Is Your Website Theme Mobile-Friendly?

mobile-friendly-test

If you’re using WordPress, then you must evaluate whether you are using a theme that is “mobile-friendly”. Mobile-friendly can mean several things, but I want to describe it in two ways: Accessibility and Ease of Use.

You can use Google’s “Mobile-Friendly” test tool to see if your website will be impacted in their algorithm change or not. This tool gives you more of a pass/fail rating, but offers suggestions for improvement.

If your website/theme is not mobile-friendly we recommend doing two things:

  • Modify your current theme to better accommodate mobile devices. If you need assistance with your theme, we recommend you contact a Event Espresso Pro for help.
  • Consider using a different theme. There are many free themes that are available from wordpress.org that are mobile-friendly.

Accessibility

Can people access at all the information on your web pages without it being too cumbersome? Is there information that is hidden behind tables or images or divs, is there media (video, audio, etc.) that does not play on mobile devices?

In order to attract customers, you want to review whether the information you publish is accessible. The more people that can access your websites, the more people are likely to attend, and the more successful we can all be.

Web accessibility is not going away, and requires on-going, conscious, effort and investment.

Ease of Use – Compromises are Required

Determining if your website is mobile friendly should also consider how easy it is to use. The easier to use, the better it will convert visitors into customers.

However, because the screen is small, you will have to compromise. You cannot expect the desktop and mobile-views to be exactly the same. It’s important to prioritize your design so that you present the most important information and functionality first, and the less-important items further down the page.

Is Event Espresso 4 mobile-friendly?

In general, Event Espresso 4 adopts the layout as dictated by your theme’s blog archive template. So, if your Event Espresso pages are not passing Google’s “Mobile-Friendly” test tool, it will be because of your theme OR a plugin causing trouble . I’ve tested over two dozen free themes with Event Espresso and they all passed as “mobile-friendly”. That doesn’t mean that some of the Event Espresso elements can’t be improved to be easier to use, but they are passing the “mobile-friendly” test so you will not be penalized because of Event Espresso. If you have specific suggestions for improving how Event Espresso responds to mobile devices, please let us know.

See also: Theming in Event Espresso 4

Questions?

If you have questions about either mobile-friendly event websites, we’re always happy to chat, just contact us.

Note: This article was adapted from the Event Smart Blog article: Google is Changing Their Mobile Search Results Algorithm, are You Ready?

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